Throughout the year, BREMF contributes to the vibrant arts scene in Brighton and Hove through its programme of choral concerts, workshops and schools projects. The annual Festival takes place in late October and early November and has built a reputation for lively and inspired programming, often exploring connections with different art forms and using performance formats and spaces that challenge preconceptions of early music.

Stimulating new attitudes to music from the past...

Every year BREMF programmes around specific themes designed to stimulate new attitudes to approaching and presenting music from the past.

In 2018 our theme Europe will explore Britain’s long and often tempestuous relationship with the rest of the Continent from medieval times onwards. Programmes will focus on important alliances, wars, trade, migrations, revolutions and dissolutions, examining the strong influences that have always flowed in from across the channel.

Leading the way in dynamic programming!

It all started over a cup of coffee...

When Clare and Deborah met for coffee one spring day back in 2002 to talk about doing a few publicity swaps they had no ideas of starting a festival. But one thing led to another and that autumn they programmed six events - entirely calling upon the generosity of fellow musicians and a lot of volunteers. Within a year they were securing Arts Council funding and before long were asking serious questions about conventional programming. The rest is history, but they still do a lot of publicity swaps, and there are even more volunteers!

...An enthusiastic following of over 8000

One of the great success stories of today's early music scene, far surpassing its competitors in terms of the sheer number and variety of events on offer. Classical Music, December 2010
We never forget that much of the music we programme was written before the days of formal public concerts and belonged to many diverse contexts. That idea alone has inspired many of our BREMF-grown projects, and also encouraged artists to be more experimental in their thinking.

Our patron

We are delighted that Dame Emma Kirkby, one of the leading figures in the early music movement, has been the Festival’s Patron since we began in 2003.

Support BREMF

We would like to thank our Concert Sponsors and all of our Festival Friends. Without your support Brighton Early Music Festival could not continue to bring top quality artists to Brighton.

If you would like to support us, see the range of options available, starting from as little as £35 per year.

Director news

BREMF Co-Artistic Director Clare Norburn is standing down after the 2017 Festival to concentrate on new projects.

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